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Adirondack Rural Health Network Seeks Rural Health Champions of the Year Nominations

The Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN), a program of Adirondack Health Institute (AHI), is seeking nominations for Rural Health Champions of the Year to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the health of rural residents in the region.

Rural Health Champions are individuals, such as health care providers, patient advocates, public health officials, human services personnel and community-based organization program staff, who demonstrate leadership and provide exceptional care and service to rural community members. Nominations will be accepted for individuals in the seven-county ARHN service region: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Warren and Washington.

“Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, but they also have unique health care needs,” said Courtney Shaler, ARHN Manager. “Rural Health Networks across Northern New York are partnering to celebrate individuals who are the living embodiment of the rural spirit and make a true, lasting difference in the health and lives of the people they serve.”

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, July 27. Champions will be announced at the 2018 AHI Summit, Thursday, September 27, in Lake Placid.

Visit the Adirondack Rural Health Network web page for specific award criteria and to download and complete a nomination form.

Contact Sara Anostario, ARHN Program Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions.

AHI PPS DSRIP News: May 17, 2018

The latest edition of AHI PPS DSRIP News has been published. AHI PPS DSRIP News is a news digest containing DSRIP recaps, PPS deadlines, New York State Department of Health (DOH) updates, and other time-sensitive information. Find today’s issue and archives at AHI PPS DSRIP News.

Law Enforcement Officers Take Part in Crisis Intervention Team Training

Six area Law Enforcement Officers participated last week in a regional Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program. The specialized program, funded by Adirondack Health Institute (AHI), trains officers to become better-prepared first responders in traumatic situations involving people with mental illness and other challenges.

Hosted by Adirondack Health Institute, the Council for Prevention, and the Office of Community Services of Warren and Washington Counties, the intensive 40-hour course provides tools for officers to recognize psychiatric distress and other conditions, and techniques to de-escalate crises, helping to avoid officer injuries, lessen trauma for the individual and prevent tragedy for the community. The program is a collaborative effort of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Glens Falls Police Department, Glens Falls Hospital, and other area community agencies.

“Law Enforcement Officers are often the first to respond to emergency calls involving individuals with serious mental health issues, substance use disorders and other challenges,” explained Rebecca Evansky, Manager, Prevention Projects, Adirondack Health Institute. “Improving police response in harrowing situations such as these is of growing significance in the mental health community and criminal justice system, and Adirondack Health Institute and our partners are pleased to be able to support the implementation of this important initiative.”

“The CIT program will help us all on so many levels,” stated Warren County Undersheriff Shawn Lamouree. “Not only will it help provide us a better understanding of serious mental health illnesses, it will also strengthen collaboration between law enforcement, health systems, providers, community agencies, and individuals with mental illness and their families. We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity to come together to learn new skills to help our fellow community members.”

The CIT program is a model for community policing that provides officers with best practices for linking people to appropriate treatment, positively impacting the recovery process and reducing recidivism. Research shows CIT training reduces arrests, the use of restraint, citizen and police injuries, and hospitalizations, greatly improving the safety of all involved.